FFA Cup Round of 32 Matchday 2 preview

After a huge upset last week with Bankstown Berries defeating MetroStars, we come to match day 2, where 3 A-League clubs will make their first appearance in the competition.

Heidelberg United v Perth Glory – 7.30pm

This match promises to be a big one, with the current Victorian NPL leaders hosting A-League side Perth Glory at Olympic village. Heidelberg is making their second cup appearance, last reaching the quarter finals in 2015 where they lost 5-0 to Melbourne City.

No doubt that this is a tough challenge for the NPL side, however that will make victory that much sweeter for them as they look to be the first NPL side this season to knock off an A-League team.

Olympia FC v APIA Leichhardt Tigers – 7.30pm

Our only all NPL game tonight as Tasmanian side Olympia FC host APIA Leichhardt. APIA should consider themselves lucky to be through to the round of 32, after only just squeezing past SD Raiders in preliminary round 7 with a late goal in both normal and extra time to see themselves through to their maiden FFA Cup appearance.

Olympia FC is also making their first cup appearance this year, and will be hopeful of reaching the round of 16 as they come up against a somewhat more skilled opposition. Having the home field advantage however may play into their hands, with APIA having to travel to Tasmania before making their way back to Sydney ahead of an all important clash against Blacktown City in what could decide the premiership.

Peninsula Power v Melbourne City – 7.30pm

The minnows from Redcliffe will play the part of David in this David v Goliath clash at Dolphin Stadium tonight. Currently sitting 2nd on the Flight Centre Premier League table, Peninsula have had a great season this year, and will be trying to create history by taking down the reigning FFA Cup champions Melbourne City.

City of course, have a star studded line up featuring attacking threats such as Fornaroli, Cahill, Brattan, etc. But will it be a case of overconfidence tonight against what they would view as a walk in the park?

Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers 7.30pm

Finally we have our first all A-League battle as Wellington play host… in Campbelltown to the Wanderers. FFA Cup rule dictate that all Nix home games must be played in Australia, therefore giving the advantage straight back to the Wanderers as they meet for the 2nd year in a row in the round of 32.

The Wanderers have had a bust off season with recruitment, signing Spanish duo Riera and Cejudo, although the latter is set to miss tonight’s clash, as well as A-League players such as Risdon and Bonevacia.

The Nix are looking to rebuild after a number of lackluster seasons, could tonight be the night that turns it all around for them? Both teams have a lot to play for, the Wanderers emerged as victors in a 5 goal thriller last season at the same venue, although both teams will be looking to add the cup to their trophy cabinet.

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